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Wausau approves superintendent leadership profile


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau’s next superintendent should be a good collaborator and communicator, according to a leadership profile the school board approved Monday.

The profile will help the search firm hired by the district – Hazard, Young and Attea – find the best candidates to replace Superintendent Steve Murley. Murley leaves June 30th to start as the new superintendent in Iowa City, Iowa.

The consultant drafted the profile based on two days of interviews with school board members, teachers, support staff, administrators and community members.

“They would like a collaborative educational leader who understands the importance of gaining the trust and respect of staff, parents and community,” the profile’s executive summary said. “Someone with an inclusive management style that can inspire disparate groups to define common goals and work together to achieve them strongly is desired.”

The next superintendent should also be able to “bridge and mend fractured relationships” and “utilize resources in a fiscally exempt manner.”

The school board agreed the next superintendent should have experience as a teacher and administrator but it removed a preference that he or she have their doctorate.

“We’re well underway” in screening potential candidates, said Hazard, Young and Attea senior associate Ted Blaesing. He said a “significant number” have started filing applications since the position was posted nationally a week ago.

The search firm will suggest a slate of candidates to the school board July 26th. The first round of interviews is scheduled for July 28th and 29th and finalists will be interviewed August 2nd-4th. The board could name a new superintendent August 9th.